Kate and Pippa named on TIME Most 100 Influential People

“They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year’s TIME 100”

Along side the likes of President Obama, Warren Buffet, Angela Merkel, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Middleton sisters hold their won amongst the worlds best.

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Described as “avatars of aspiration” because of their ability to climb the largest and most difficult social ladder of common English girls to British Royality, they are proof to every little girl around the world that dreams can come true.

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Both Kate and Pippa have the ability to sell out clothing in minutes, and make unknown designers household names that every woman wants.  “Other women aim to dress like them, to emulate their easy athleticism and their more problematic slenderness”.

The Duchess of Cambridge has had an economic and social impact unlike another seen in the United Kingdom and globally.  And, Pippa has become one of the most recognised “behinds” (with thanks to that amazing Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress) around the world.

Kate’s wedding dress designer, Sarah Burton, was also on the list
To read the full article in TIME, click here

Romantic (Family) Ski Getaway to Trois Vallées

After a six week posting to The Falklands and a busy appearance schedule, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally got some alone time!

The pair took a much needed break to the Trois Vallees Ski Resort in France.  A gorgeous ski resort, it is also the “largest ski area in the world which is connected solely by ski lifts and slopes”.  Click here to read the Travel Story written in The Telegraph last December.

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Even though I do not get to ski that much (you know, living in Australia and all!) I do love the sport and think it is an excellent romantic getaway!  The pair looked great together, enjoying the slopes and time together.
I also appreciate that they are both wearing helmets!  Well done, setting a great example!

Photo courtesy of Xclusive Pix via The Daily Mail

Kate did bring along her family (who rumour has it financed the whole trip!) which I think is a bit odd… but to each there own!  The Middletons are known to be a very close family and William gets along with everyone very well.

The family did seem to colour coordinate (which I’m loving, because it is not to over the top!) with the red, black and white.  I’m also loving Carole’s (fake) fur hat!  Although, it seems Carole may have raided Kate’s closet for this piece.  According to Rebecca English at The Daily Mail “… it seems the fake fur band was originally destined for Kate’s head – and was sent to her by British firm Fosi,  via her parents’ company, after her engagement to Prince William was announced in late 2010”.

Fosi (Fun Original Style Innovation) designs “Helmet Bands” – intended to make ski helmets more attractive.  Click here to have a look at their website and products they offer.

Photo courtesy of Xclusive Pix via The Daily Mail

While William was away we did get to see a lot of Kate; solo, with The Queen and making her first speech!  It is understood that with William back home, the two will be seen less in public over the coming months and will be enjoying some much needed alone time (with their puppy!)

Looking at these photos makes me want to go skiing, although it does look awful cold!  To read more and see more photos, click here for the story in The Daily Mail

Spotted Out! Kate Enjoys Some Quality Time with Lupo as William Catches up on Some Sleep!

Lupo is fast becoming as popular as his Royal owners!  The Duchess was spotted out in Kensington Gardens again walking her faithful cockerspanial.

Rumour has it William stayed home to get some much need rest, while Kate continued to train their beloved pup.

Spotted wearing the Barbour Ladies’ Defence Jacket in Olive (currently sold out, but was previously on sale for £149.00), along with some very very skinny jeans and trainers.  Barbour is a trusted brand of both the Duke and Duchess, and has been a trusted “country attire” for the Royals for many years.

Quick Update of Past Appearance!

So I decided to take a vacation for about a week, and missed so much in the land of Kate!  I will use this post to quickly update all her past appearances and fashion, including her first public speaking engagement.

March 19 – Kate’s first speech at EACH in Reiss

What was no doubt a nervous moment for The Duchess, she gave her first ever public speech since becoming the Prince’s wife.  Attending the opening of The Treehouse,  new addition to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Kate went with trusted designer Reiss for this very important occasion.

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While I am not loving this dress (bit boring, bit ill-fitted and overall just not flattering) it cannot deter from the real reason for the visit.  The Reiss “Trina” dress dates back to 2008, and was once worn by Carol Middleton to Ascot, and I honestly just do not think it fits her properly (although cud’s for trying by adding a belt!) and while the colour is lovely it’s just not working for me

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Kate paired the dress with her Episode ‘Angel’ platform shoes (same as the ones she wore a few days prior with Prince Charles), her Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard bracelet, a beautiful cross necklace and her saffire earrings (originally owned by Princess Diana).  The most notable accessory however was the purple and orange beaded EACH bracelet (available online here).

Kate also planted a tree on the grounds of the centre, before delivering her speech:

March 17 – St. Patty’s Day with the Irish Guard

The Duchess choose a beautiful green (how appropriate!) Emilia Wickstead jacket for her duties on St Patricks day.  As Royal Family members have done in the past, Kate handed out shamrocks to 40 Irish Guard Officers at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

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The shoes are by UK designers Emmy and the hat comes from familiar designer James Lock & Co.  Not loving the “Betty Boop” style hat, however it is fitting with the rest of the outfit and  the purpose of the day.  I do love both accessories in brown to offset the green, very well done!  Kate also wore she trusty Kiki McDonough earrings (first seen on Christmas Day – and rumoured to be a gift from her husband)

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An elegant/perfect look for this occasion.  The jacket is perfectly fitted, comfortable and a beautiful choice for the occasion.   While Kate was mostly smiles during the day, she did maintain a respectful demeanour understanding the importance for the day for the Irish Guards and the Royal Family

Kate wore the same gold shamrock brooch from the Armed Forces Day back in June.  This brooch has also been worn by Princess Anne and the late Queen Mother.

I do wonder how many jackets Kate owns that are fitted at the top, with a nice tight waist and then bellows out to just around knee length.  That is one thing I do miss about living in a colder climate, jackets are such an easy way to make a fantastic fashion statement.

March 15 – Olympic and Gallery Visit

Kate made a surprise visit to the London Olympic Park and the field hockey teams (n a related note, the Daily Mail is reporting that not only can Kate sell out clothing but the sale of hockey equipment has gone up since her visit, click here for the story)

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Kate was wearing the very trendy pastel coloured jeans – hers in a coral/pink, some trainers and grey zip hoodie.  Kate looked very comfortable showing off her hockey skills with the Olympic team.  The exact brand of the jeans is still to be determined, however almost every store on the planet is selling coloured denim this season!!!

After a bit of play, Kate changed into an Emilio Pucci blazer and her LK Bennett “Art” heals in navy.  Continuing with the Olympic theme, Kate wore a Paralympic scarf (sold at Next) to complete the outfit.

A quick change and Kate was off to the Dulwich Picture Gallery with Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of one of her Father-In-Laws patrons Children in the Arts.

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Kate choose a simple, elegant and fitting dress by Orla Kiely.  The dress from the designers 2011 Autumn collection is grey with a pleated skirt falling just above the knee with a self-belt.  With some black knitted flower details on the top the dress was an excellent fit for Kate’s tiny frame, and perfect matched to the occasion.

Kate paired the dress with her Link of London earrings (my favourite!) and her Episode ‘Angel’ platform shoe (Kate’s shoes are suede, not leather).  Kate was also wearing her Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet, available online for $1,250.

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More LK Bennett for first Official Jubilee Event with The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen, Prince Phillip and Duchess of Cambridge officially kick off the 60th Jubillee Celebtrations in Leicester on Thursday.

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The Queen and The Duchess boarded a train at London’s St Pancras station on their way to Leiscester, looking absolutely fabulous… definitely not how I look every morning when I get on the train!  The two were headed to De Monfort University, where they attended a fashion show.  

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Kate then choose the winner of the infamous shoe designing competition… Becka Hunt.  To read more about Becka Hunt, and this amazing story click here

Photo courtesy of PA via The Daily Mail

The Queen and The Duchess were treated to a variety of performances during their visit to De MontFort University


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While this first day of the Jubilee Tour was packed with appearnce, the Duchess choose a reliable British brand to get her through the day!!!

The LK Bennett Davina dress and matching Jude Jacket in dark teal, along witha  simple pill box hat and matching black shoes and clutch.  While I’m not loving the colour, the outfit is professional and elegant…beautiful choice!           Photo courtesy of Alan Davidson/The Picture Library Ltd via The Daily Mail
As described on the LK Bennett website, The Davina dress is beautifully tailored in a luxurious crepe. Elegantly designed, it’s chic, gentle ruching down one side adds to the already feminine silhouette. The asymmetrically cut neckline gives this dress a modern edge, while the capped sleeves are kept simple to ensure understated glamour and chic.

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The Jude jacket (was available in dark teal and black… both now sold out!) is Femininity and unexpected detailing is key with the Jude jacket, the other half of the Jude suit set. Beautifully tailored with a nipped waist, this wool jacket features kick-pleat detailing at the back and uses a soft wool feeling luxe to the touch.

While the dress is obviously no longer available in dark teal, there are still some fabulous colours available.  My favourites are the Grey – Steel, Red – Lipstick and  Brown – Camel.  All are still available online is a variety of sizes for £225.00.

The hat worn by Kate has been identified as the Fairy Tale from Lock & Co. (a trusted brand of The Duchess’), retailing for £285.00.  Not loving this hat… sorry!

And the earrings are another trusted peice, Kate’s Kiki McDonough earrings (believed to have been a Christmas gift from William) that we have seen a few times before.

The Queen, Duke and Kate greeted thousands of people during the day before attending a service at Leicester 14th Century Cathedral and then to a lunch reception at St. Martins House, and visited the Clock Tower to receive a gift from the city and performance on a theme of the Holi Festival, entitled ’60 colours’… busy day!!!

Photo Courtesy of AP via The Daily Mail

With the Jubilee tour officially underway, Kate’s next apperance with Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on March 15th.
and the tour will officially conclude on July 25 in the South East of England.

Kate Personally Thanks the Royal School of Needlework

I’m loving this story, what a wonderful thing to do and an amazing story!  Makes me have even more respect and admiration for this woman – didn’t know that was possible!

Kate recently paid a secret thank you visit to The Royal School of Needlework, for all their hard work in creating her wedding dress.

A spokeswoman for the Duchess says “She wanted to personally thank them for their work on the wedding dress. She also wanted to see their work and learn more about what they do there.”

According to The Telegraph approximately 30 of the schools full time and part time staff were present for the visit, and one said “Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress. She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under”.

The schools Chief Executive Susan Kay-Williams was there to greet the Duchess and give her a tour of the school.  During the creation of her wedding dress, new needles were used every three hours and workers had to wash their hands every 30 minutes in order to keep the lace perfect.

To read the full story from The Telegraph click here

Kate Wears Missoni for Opening of Fortnum and Mason

The three generations or Royal Ladies seemed in great spirits when visiting the new refurbished Fortnum and Mason flagship store in Piccadilly.

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The Queen, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge toured the flagship store in London known for it’s amazing restaurant, fabulous tea and sweets.  The ladies were each given a hamper, and then moved on to learn about specific areas of the store.  The Duchess of Cambridge went to the ground floor to learn more about the teas.

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According to The Fortnum and Mason website “To celebrate this important milestone in our nation’s history, we have created a whole new collection of delicious and beautiful gifts, each commissioned specially for the occasion. Decorated with our new Jubilee design, which was inspired by the Queen’s Beasts that stood guard at her Coronation, each gift will be a delightful reminder of this rare and happy event”

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With a break from traditional The Duchess choose Italian designer Missoni for this visit.  The coat is said to be from the Fall/Winter 2010 collection for M Missoni and I think is gorgeous – could have been a bit more fitted, but beautiful none the less.

Missoni as a brand is known for it’s vibrant colours and use of fabrics.  The “Missoni”  chevron is known around the world, and incorporated into many of their designs.

While we cannot fully see the dress underneath the Missoni coat, the online consensus is that it is the same blue Zara dress worn the day after her wedding to Prince William, and at the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.

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Kate also wore two daffodils in honour of St. Davids Day (St. David is the Patron Saint of Wales, and March 1st has been a public holiday since 2000).

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One odd thing with this visit, is Kate carried no clutch!  She did however accessories with her Links of London Hope Egg Earrings (with white topaz) available online for £275.00 and her Rupert Sanderson Malone Grey Heels available online for €425.00.

The Duchess to decide a new Shoe Designer!

What an amazing opportunity.

The Duchess of Cambridge (who is not known for adventurous shoe choices!) will be heading to De Montfort University in Leicester, England with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on March 8th.  During her visit, Kate will have the opportunity to launch one lucky designers career!!!  She will judge six sketches by aspiring designers at the school and then choose her favourite.  The shoe will be made exclusively for The Duchess.

Designing a brand new shoe for the most photographed woman on the planet…   AWESOME!!!

Below are the 6 finalist and there designs.  Can’t wait till March 8 when the winner is announced!!!

Mei Chun Lai, 21, from Taiwan has designed a pair of shoes that are inspired by Chinese New Year. This is the year of the Dragon

Becka Hunt, 20, from Peterborough was inspired by The Duchess’ engagement ring and the lace from her wedding dress

Sam Sawkill, 27, also from Leicester has designed an English rose-inspired pair of peep-toe heels

Kay Yeng Cheng, 22, from Hinckley, Leicestershire with her fairytale-inspired heels which she designed with the Duchess in mind

Summer Spencer, 23, from Leicester with her shoes that are inspired by Kate and Prince William’s coat of arms, with tartan reflecting the couple’s time at university in Scotland

Tabatha Duffield, 21 from Maidstone, said: ‘I wanted something feminine and elegant to reflect her personality. There will be laser-cut flowers and fringing round the edges’
This one is my favourite! 

Photo and captions courtesy of The Daily Mail

On a side note: The Duchess will be visiting Leicester on the first leg of The Queen’s Jubilee Tour.  This will be the first official visit made by The Queen and The Duchess together.

Spotted Out! Kate and Lupo Take a Walk

How cute is he!

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We met this little one earlier this year, and Kate recently let his name slip during her work with the children at The Art Room.

Lupo is an adorable cocker spaniel who is keeping Kate very good company while William remains in the Faulklands.  The two (along with their security officers!) took a walk through the beautiful Kensington Gardens.

Kate looked very relaxed in her LK Bennett Darwin Jacket (which is of course no longer available online) and her Le Chameau Leather Lined Wellington Boots along with some light jeans and hat (I’m still undecided about the hat… doesn’t really match the outfit nor is it logical in terms of the weather!)

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According to the LK Bennett the jacket is “a super sexy shearling jacket and one of the most beautiful pieces of the season. The full collar and cuffs with exposed shearling combined with a nipped waist make this a must have. Feminine seaming makes this a luxurious item but it works equally well for special occasions, work or casual wear – so is an investment piece that could bring new energy to your whole wardrobe”.  The jacket is sold out online, but originally retailed for £695.00.

 We have seen Kate’s Le Chameau boots numerous times while outdoors.  The boots are available online for £299.00.  Not really boots I would wear to walk around Kensington Gardens, but probably really comfy!

These pictures make me want a puppy of my own!

Kate Visits The Art Room in Orla Kiely

At least she’s keeping busy with her hubby away!

Kate took some time to visit with another one of her charities The Art Room at  Rose Hill Primary school and Oxford Spires Academy.

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“The Art Room is a charity based in Oxford aimed at 5 – 16 year olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. There are currently five Art Rooms in schools in Oxford and London, offering art as therapy to increase children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and independence”.

I love Orla Kiely (especially the handbags!) but I’m a little over the brown!  I wasn’t loving this jacket and I have never been a fan of ankle boots – on The Duchess or on anyone!

The wool jacket/dress is officially called the Birdie Shirt Dress, and was on sale for £162. I cannot find it anywhere online!  Most like another victim of The Kate Effect.  With four large buttons down the front and a belted waist, the jacket is cute but just a bit boring and a bit too brown!

The boots are the  Aquatalia Rouge, originally worn by Kate almost a year ago with Prince William in Anglesey, Wales.  Renamed “Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘ Royal’ Weatherproof Bootie”  they are available exclusively at Nordstrom for $398.

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